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Interpersonal Distance

Völker, Annabelle (2020) Interpersonal Distance.

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Abstract:This research has several goals. Firstly, it aims to investigate the preference for different interpersonal distances between team members and to translate the findings to the design of work environments. Secondly, this research aims to investigate whether a change in the viewing condition can influence the participants' experience and judgement of interpersonal distance. This was done through the use of pairwise comparison. The effect of two independent variables on the preference of personal distance were considered, namely the different distances between two team members varying from 74 cm to 300 cm and the viewing conditions from which the situation assessed, namely the POV perspective and bird-eye view. Generally, findings suggest that participants did have clear preferences for particular interpersonal distances Also,it was possible to assess a range of distances which the majority of participants preferred. Lastly, the viewing condition seems to have an influence on participants' judgement of interpersonal distance. The overall pattern of preferences remained even though it is more distinctly indicated in the bird eye-viewing condition The findings are discussed in the context of past research on proxemics and increasing possibilities due to the use of virtual reality as a research tool.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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